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PREBIC 2016 Meeting


Annual Scientific Meeting and Workshop
18th, 19th and 20th April
Florence, Italy

Each year, PREBIC members meet to discuss the latest developments in preterm birth research, identify knowledge gaps, conduct research and plan future projects. This meeting is attended by clinicians, scientists and academics from a wide range of countries. This multidisciplinary team bring significant expertise and a wealth of resources to PREBIC projects.

The meeting will run for three full days on Monday 18th, Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th April.   

The programme will include expert presentations on:
 
  • The mechanisms through which progesterone prevents PTB

  • Genomics and progesterone

  • The evolution of genetics in the post GWAS era

  • Next Generation Sequencing and Preterm Birth

  • The use of WGS and family studies to uncover rare genetic variants associated with PTB

  • PREBIC's role in consumer advocacy 

Programme

Monday, 18th April

Session One
Chair: Associate Professor Hanns Helmer
Medical University Vienna

0900  -0930  Morning Majelis (Government)
Facilitator: Associate Professor Craig Pennell
The University of Western Australia
Focus: PREBIC

0930 – 0945 PREBIC – Past
Dr Calvin Hobel
Cedars Sinai Medical Center

0945 – 1000 PREBIC – Present and Future
Associate Professor Craig Pennell
The University of Western Australia

1000 – 1030 Project Updates
Project Leaders
5-10 minutes per project with maximum three slides

1030 – 1100 Coffee

Session Two
Chair: Dr Ramkumar Menon
University of Texas Medical Branch

1100 – 1230 Project Speed Dating
Facilitator: Dr Ram Menon
University of Texas Medical Branch

1230 – 1300 Project Prioritisation
Facilitator: Associate Professor Craig Pennell
The University of Western Australia

1300 – 1400 Lunch

Session Three

1400 – 1530 Small group project discussions

1530 – 1600 Coffee

Session Four
Chair: Associate Professor Craig Pennell
The University of Western Australia

1600 – 1730 Large group project discussion
Mobilising Mothers: the global voice of PREBIC

Melanie White
The University of Western Australia

Melinda Cruz
Founder and CEO of the Miracle Babies Foundation

1730 – 1800 Afternoon Majelis (Community)
Facilitator: Associate Professor Craig Pennell
The University of Western Australia
Focus: Project updates

Tuesday, 19th April 

Session Five
Chair: Associate Professor Hanns Helmer
Medical University Vienna

0900  -0930  Morning Majelis (Government)
Facilitator: Associate Professor Craig Pennell
The University of Western Australia
Focus: PREBIC Governance

Honesty in Science
Professor Bo Jacobsson
Sahlgrenska University Hospital

0930 – 1030 Progesterone
Does Progesterone Really Prevent Preterm Brith?
Professor Jane Norman
University of Edinburgh

An update on the mechanisms through which progesterone prevents PTB
Dr Sam Mesiano
Case Western Reserve University

Pharmacogenomics of progesterone for preterm birth prevention
Dr Tracy Mancuk
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

1030 – 1100 Coffee

Session Six

1100 – 1200 Large group project discussion

1200 – 1300 Small group project discussion

1300 – 1400 Lunch

Session Seven
Chair: Dr Ram Menon
University of Texas Medical Branch

1400 – 1500 Taking Discovery to Market

1430 – 1530 Small group project discussions

1530 – 1600 Coffee

Session Eight
Chair: Professor Indira Mysorekar
Washington University School of Medicine

1600 – 1630 Acculturation and Preterm Birth
Dr Maryam Mazooni
The University of Western Australia

1630 – 1700 OPERA – Past, Present and Future
Professor David Olson
University of Alberta

1700 – 1730 PREBIC and Ghana
Professor Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman
Columbia University Medical Center
and
Dr Elizabeth Bonney
University of Vermont College of Medicine

1730 – 1800 Afternoon Majelis (Community)
Facilitator: Associate Professor Craig Pennell
The University of Western Australia

      Group Updates

      PREBIC 2017 and 2018

Wednesday 20th April

Session Nine
Chair: Associate Professor Craig Pennell
The University of Western Australia

0900  -0930  Morning Majelis (Governemnt)
Facilitator: Associate Professor Craig Pennell
The University of Western Australia
Focus: Keeping PREBIC Projects On-Track

0930 – 1030 Group Discussions

1030 – 1100 Coffee

Session Ten
Chair: Dr Sam Mesiano
Case Western Reserve University

1100 – 1130 New methods to filter GWAS results using evolutionary algorithms
 Professor Scott Williams
Case Western Reserve University

1130 – 1200 The use of WGS and family studies to uncover rare genetic variants associated with PTB
Wei Ang
The University of Western Australia

1200 – 1230 Whole genome sequencing of PTB
Professor Nanbert Zhong
NYS Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities

1230 – 1300 Maximising the Value of PREBIC Genetic Resources
Discussion

1300 – 1400 Lunch

Session Eleven
Chair: Dr Calvin Hobel
Cedars Sinai Medical Center

1400 – 1430 Book Update
Professor Ronnie Lamont
Clinical Institute, University of Southern Denmark

1430 – 1500 PREBIC Global Microbiome Project
Professor Indira Mysorekar
Washington University School of Medicine

1500 – 1530 Group project discussions

1530 – 1600 Coffee

Session Twelve

Chair: Melanie White
The University of Western Australia

1600 – 1645 Summary of Project Plans

1645 – 1730 Future of PREBIC – 1, 3, 5 and 10 Year Plans

1730 – 1800 Meeting Close

 

 

 


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